Jonathan Lippman

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Was an Upstate Prosecutor's PowerPoint Presentation Too Emotional for Trial?

    In 2008, Cheryl Santiago, stood trial, accused of suffocating her 22-month step-daughter to death. During closing arguments, the Dutchess County prosecutor showed the jury a PowerPoint presentation. It ran six minutes--the length of time it would have taken to suffocate the baby, according to a doct ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    NY Court of Appeals Rules on Limits to Warrantless Search of Purse

    On May 23, 2008, police officers responded to a burglary reported in a Bronx apartment building. The 911 caller described the suspects as two Latino males, around 5'9" to 5'11". Two officers saw a Latino woman and man in the lobby. The building superintendent, also in the lobby, pointed at the pair ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    High Court Orders New Trial for Murder Suspect Coerced into Confession by Police

    On a September morning in 2008, Wilhelmina Hicks found her four-month old son Matthew unconscious. The boy died at the hospital and doctors concluded that he had suffered blunt force trauma. Troy, New York police officers brought Matthew's father, Adrian Thomas, in for questioning that same day. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    NY Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman Proposes Bill Erasing Non-Violent Convictions

    The "convicted felon" label sticks on a person like a cattle brand. A black mark in job interviews and on college applications. Perhaps the most formidable obstacle standing between life in the system and life on the straight path. The record is a reminder that while you can change past ways and ato ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    New York's Chief Judge Agrees: Bail is Busted

    In his annual "State of the Judiciary" speech, New York's chief judge Jonathan Lippman covered a wide range of topics, from juvenile justice to mortgage foreclosures to cameras in the courtroom. But one topic in particular caught our attention: bail. As we wrote in our cover story last spring, bail ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Foreclosure Documents Now Have To Be Sort of Accurate

    On the heels of recent disclosures that mortgage lenders have been using "robo-signers" to foreclose on homes without sufficient information, New York is instating a requirement that is meant to add a layer of accountability in the flawed system. Lawyers representing banks or mortgage lenders will h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    David Paterson: A Lame Duck, Sure, But Why the Lame Media Coverage?

    The governor and David Johnson​It's a week since Judge Judith Kaye issued her 54-page report exonerating and damning Governor Paterson for his handling of a domestic violence case, and nothing has happened. That's news. Clemmie Harris, who admitted to Kaye that he tried to kill the complaint, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    Eric Schneiderman and the Bogus Issue of AG "Independence"

    ​In the only hotly contested statewide primary race, the buzzword is "independence." The theory, propagated by those unlikely to get Andrew Cuomo's support to replace him as attorney general, is that an endorsement from the probable next governor would compromise a law enforcement official wh ... More >>

  • News

    June 8, 2010

    Andrew Cuomo's Biggest Rival Won't Be the G.O.P.

    It's Shelly Silver and the old-school Dems in his race to Governor

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2010

    Court of Appeals Denies State Lawyers Access to Psychiatric Patients in Nursing Homes

    ​In a 4-3 decision, the New York State Court of Appeals refused this week to order nursing homes to provide lawyers from the state's Mental Health Legal Services access to psychiatric patients and their medical records. The suit sprang from investigative reporting about the Pataki-era practice ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2009

    Did Atlantic Yards Ruling Pass the Buck on 'Blight'?

    Tuesday's Atlantic Yards decision, in which New York's highest court upheld the right of the state to seize private property on behalf of a mega-developer, will doubtlessly impact the lives of thousands of Brooklyn residents and be discussed for years to come. But the court backed off from a cen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Quick Hits

    After complaints during the campaign about their connection with Data and Field Services and related unfavorable press reports, the Working Families Party has retained the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom to "conduct a thorough review of the structure and relationship between the W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Coup in Review: Espada Won't Power-Share; Paterson Wants Judge to Run Senate

    The guys in Albany are pretending to listen at one another again. The Governor has called his special state senate session for tomorrow and invites chief judge of the Court of Appeals, Jonathan Lippman to preside. Boss Pedro Espada opposes this plan, and any plan that removes him even temporarily fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    Judge Lippman Raps Cops on GPS Spying

    For a guy whose political connections weighed heavier than his judicial experience in winning appointment as the state's top judge, Court of Appeals chief Jonathan Lippman just wrote a hell of a civil liberties decision. In a 4-3 split decision, Lippman today issued the majority opinion that found p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    Barrett: New York's Irish Get Another Archbishop, Latinos Blanked Again

    So the Irish still get theirs. The new archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan, surely soon to become a cardinal, mixes the blarney of John J. O'Connor with the buck smarts of Edward Egan, his last two Irish predecessors. In the century and a half history of the archdiocese, only Irishmen have ruled. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2009

    Barrett: Court's Slow Work Helped Lippman

    Following up on our report of Shelly Silver gaming Governor Paterson to put his old LES friend, Jonathan Lippman, in the highest courts job in the state:The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct released a final determination today removing a Westchester judge who was elected in a 2005 cross ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    This Week in the Voice

    You may have heard of the former Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, Judith Kaye. But do you know the man who replaced her, Jonathan Lippman? Do you know he never practiced as an attorney, and barely served as a judge? So how'd he get appointed to this exalted position? Connections, baby -- chief a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    Voice Goes to Albany, Where Chief Judge Pick is Knocked

    Politicker NY tells us Elena Sassower of the Center for Judicial Accountability brought a bunch of copies of the Village Voice to today's state senate judiciary committee hearing on the elevation of Jonathan Lippman to chief judge of the New York Court of Appeals. The cover article by Wayne Barrett ... More >>

  • News

    February 11, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    Wayne Barrett: How Shelly Silver Made His Pal Chief Judge

    This week's Village Voice doesn't hit streets until tomorrow morning, but for our Runnin' Scared readers, we're offering tomorrow's cover story a day early. This one should rock Albany: our Wayne Barrett details state assembly speaker Sheldon Silver's step-by-step scheme to boost his old LES pal Jon ... More >>

  • News

    July 24, 2007
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    July 17, 2007


    Everything you never wanted to know about picking judges for an important court you've never heard of

  • News

    May 18, 2004

    Hear No Evil

    GOP judge tried to shut down the Velella probe. Quid pro quo not always wrong, he said.

  • News

    April 30, 2002

    Stealing Home?

    Elderly Woman Loses Brownstone to Brooklyn Courts' Inside Baseball

  • Long Island Voice

    December 7, 1999